Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Obama NYC Visit

Obama arrives during rush hour, and his travels are likely to cause traffic snarls and delays around Manhattan

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012  |  Updated 5:10 PM EDT
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Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Obama NYC Visit

President Obama's travels around the city will take him to Chelsea Piers and the Upper West Side for fundraisers and campaign events

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President Obama returns to the city Wednesday for campaign fundraisers and events, and commuters can expect major traffic delays and gridlock during the evening rush. 

The president is expected to arrive at John F. Kennedy Airport at 6 p.m, and travels first to a "Hoops Classic" fundraiser, featuring current and former NBA stars.
 
After the Hoops Classic, Obama heads to other campaign events on the Upper West Side.
 
Traffic expert Sam Schwartz says the areas most likely to see delays and detours are in Midtown, from First to Fifth avenues and from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue. 
 
He warned against taking the FDR Drive in either direction between 6 p.m and 7 p.m., and again at around 10 p.m. as Obama heads back to the airport.
 
Many local and express buses will also experience delays and detours, so plan on giving yourself extra travel time this evening.
 
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